Your Quick Recap: The Feb. 15 Student Senate Meeting

Here’s the live-blog.

Welcome, newly-inaugrated senators:

Sen. Yasmin Aceval (Cox), Sen. Jamison Joiner (Cox), Sen. Harvey Luna (Dedman I), Sen. Hiba Ibad (Dedman I), Sen. Alex Morgan (Dedman II), Sen. Justin Amos (Meadows), Sen. Elizabeth Miller (Meadows), Sen. Brandon Pfluger (Simmons), Sen. Tiffany Hoffman (Simmons), Sen. John Harris (Lyle), Sen. Katie O’Neil (Lyle), Communications Chair Eric Sandoval and Student Concerns Chair Martha Pool.

Senate approved chartered status for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and probationary status for the Marketing Association, Middle Eastern Student Association and the African Student Association.

Up for Vote Next Week in Organizations:

Phi Alpha Delta is up for a charter. Recommendations regarding the charters of Guitar Club and the Graduate Women’s Organization were tabled because the organizations committee wanted to find out more information about them.

The Membership Committee recommended Sen. Katherine Ladner (First-Year) as the new Membership Chair. Current Chair Roza Essaw won’t be returning next year.

New Funding Requests Up for Vote Next Week:

The Association for Public Interest Law requested $2,215 for auction programming that would provide stipends for law students who have accepted summer positions with public interest law organizations. Finance Committee recommended funding in full.

National Pan-Hellenic Council requested $600 to pay for a meet and greet at Malibu Speed Zone. Finance Committee recommended funding in full.

Two pieces of legislation were on the agenda, but one was later tabled until next week.

That bill, a resolution to support LGBT students at SMU, was authored by Sen. Harvey Luna (Dedman I). It was tabled because he introduced it before he was actually inaugurated.

The second bill, a resolution codifying the Student Senate Affiliate Program and Senatorial Responsibilities, was authored by Parliamentarian Joseph Esau, Sen. Jonathan Ishmael (Dedman I) and Student Body Vice President Austin Prentice.

The second bill will be voted on next week.

In tomorrow’s print product: Senate discusses online course evaluations.

Find out what’s in Esau, Prentice and Ishmael’s bill (which is four front-and-back pages long) after the jump.

Here are the meeting minutes:

What’s in Esau, Prentice and Ishmael’s bill:

What it adds to the Senate Bylaws:

  • It would formally add the Senate Liaison Program, putting down in writing that senators would be required to comply with the program, hold a “Meet & Greet” event each semester within their school, and attend all mandatory functions of Senate, including MOM meetings and Organization Budget Information Sessions (failure to do so would result in a tardy)
  • Senators would be penalized one tardy for every absence from a mandatory function of Senate
  • The Executive Committee would be in charge of reviewing dismissals of Student Senators before presentation to Senate (joins prior reviews of Student Body President appointments and dismissals of Senate committee members)
  • The Membership Committee will keep record of candidates who are ineligible to participate in elections
  • Adds a sentence saying the University Conduct Council appeals process can be found in the Student Handbook and clarified by the Dean of Student Life’s office

What it adds to the Student Senate Policies

  • It would formally add the outline of the Student Affiliate Program (aka Student Liaison Program), wherein the Student Body Vice President would assign each senator with chartered student organizations so that they could communicate with them and represent them during relevant functions. Senators would be required to attend mandatory functions of Standing Committees (including MOM meetings and budget meetings). Returning senators would get priority when picking affiliations. Organizations having problems with their affiliated senator would report it to the Executive Committee, who would then recommend an action to Senate.
  • The Speaker will announce a legislation deadline at the beginning of each semester (e.g. “Legislation to be introduced at the next meeting must be turned into me by 5 p.m. the Sunday before)
  • Adds the word “Standing” before “Committee chairs may sign pieces of legislation but may not be the primary author.”
  • Friendly and formal amendments must be submitted in writing to the Student Body Secretary
  • Legislation can’t be formally amended during New Business
  • Adds a time limit of 10 minutes for questions and answers during Officer Reports.

What it changes in the Student Bylaws:

  • Senators who resign on their own can regain membership in Senate. Current bylaws stipulate what happens to senators forfeit their seats because of absences, impeachment or recalls and say this doesn’t apply to senators who resign on their own. (Basically, the wording changes to make things easier to understand)
  • “The Executive Committee shall be empowered to make recommendations only on violations of this document’s section regarding Financial Standards for Information of Article I and VIII of this document.”
  • Alternatively, The Senate has the powershall be empowered to amend all Standing Committee By-Laws by a two-thirds vote presented in writing through legislation.”
  • Updates the name and acronym of the University Judicial Council (UJC) to the University Conduct Council (UCC)

What it changes in the Student Senate Policies:

  • Increases the allotted time in Speaker’s Podium from 20 to 30 minutes
  • Increases the allotted time in Committee Reports from five to 10 minutes
  • Increases the allotted time for authors of New Business legislation from two to three minutes
  • Increases the allotted time for the opening speech of senatorial forums from two to three minutes
  • Increases the allotted time for a response to a topic at a senatorial forum from one to two minutes

What it takes out of the Senate Bylaws:

  • “A Chair who is not serving as a Senator shall be excused after his or her committee report and after any recommendations on legislation referred to his or her committee.”

What it takes out of the Senate Policies:

  • Executive Committee will no longer be deciding which legislation gets presented
  • Time limits during questions following the senatorial forum opening speech (currently limited at four minutes)
  • Time limits during presentations of a topic by student organizations during student organization outreach initiatives (currently limited at four minutes)
  • Time limits to a response to topic during student organization outreach initiative (currently limited to one minute per response)

About Meredith Shamburger

Meredith is a journalist working for the Longview News-Journal in Longview, Texas.
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